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Challenges for the Democrats

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 8:53 am

At a reception in Washington last week, a group of Jewish Democrats announced the creation of a new organization to support the election of Democratic candidates nationally and to further the general agenda of Jewish Democrats, who tend to be center or center-left. That the coming out party happened the day after off-year elections produced two big wins for the Democrats certainly added to the celebration of the new organization’s goals.

But while the election of Democratic gubernatorial candidates Ralph Northam in Virginia and Phil Murphy in New Jersey provided a momentary reprieve from the steady march of Trumpism — which Democrats generally view as the increased visibility of white supremacy, hostility to immigration, minorities and women, and tax and health policies that punish the less well off — Democrats broadly, as well as those in the Jewish community, need to articulate a competing vision for America beyond opposing the president if they really want to expand on their wins into 2018 and beyond.

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